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Charles Wallace

1825 -  1896

In 1855, Charles Wallace lived at Shakespeare Square, later to become the site of the General Post Office at the East End of Princes Street.  He is reported to have been a journeyman joiner.  His profession was listed as joiner on the birth certificate of his son, Thomas.

The first reference found to Charles Wallace photographer was on the birth certificate of his daughter, Charlotte, in 1859.   His address at that time was Canonmills (about a mile to the north of the centre of Edinburgh).  [John J Hadden, grandson of Charles Wallace]

Charles Wallace appeared in the Edinburgh Trade Directories as a professional photographer, based at 126a Causewayside, 1876-77.

He was the father of the photographer, Thomas Wallace, who opened his own studio in Dalkeith, about seven miles to the south-west of Edinburgh.

[Stephen Wallace Murray]

Several members of the Wallace family were photographers, but Charles is the only one I have found who appears to have had an Edinburgh studio.


Charles Wallace

Question 1

Was Charles Wallace, professional photographer, Causewayside, Edinburgh [1876-77] the same man as appeared in the 1881 Census above?

Answer 1

Yes.  There were no other Charles Wallaces in Edinburgh around that time, so Charles Wallace in the 1881 census appears to be the same man as Charles Wallace, the photographer in the Edinburgh Trade Directory.

[Ken Johnston, Australia]

I have also received a message from John Hadden, g-g-grandson of Chares Wallace who has a couple of photos by Charles Wallace of 126a Causewayside.


Question 2

Was Charles Wallace related to Mary Wallace:  Photographer's Assistant  aged 56, who appeared in the 1881 census, residing at 17 West Richmond Street, Edinburgh?

Answer 2

There is evidence that there was no close relationship between Charles Wallace and the Photographic Assistant, Mary Wallace.  Thank you to John Hadden for checking the census records and for providing the following supporting evidence for this conclusion.

"Charles Wallace had a sister named Mary.  She was born in Leith on 19 July, 1807 and so would have been aged ~74. at the time of the 1881 census  

The Photographic Assistant living at 17 West Richmond Street in 1881 was then aged 34. She lived with her widowed mother Ann (who was a Ladies Nurse). They both still lived at the same address in the 1891 census, with Mary's occupation still Photographic Assistant, but her mother (who was 77 in 1891) must be retired by then.

Her mother died at that same address in 1894 and, on her death cert, her late husband's name was William Wallace (commercial clerk),  Mary's father.

Now, Charles didn't have a brother William, so if Mary Wallace is related to Charles Wallace,  it is a relationship further separated than Niece/Uncle."

[John J Hadden]


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